UNC Among Watson's Favorites

Although Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln wide receiver Lansford Watson is a few months away from narrowing down his list of schools to a more manageable five, North Carolina 1s among the schools currently standing out in his mind.

"I like UNC a lot," said Watson. "Right about now, I'm just waiting to see what they do in the season; that's going to make me decision, a lot. [I'm looking at] who they got coming back [and] do they have a quarterback that can put the ball out there. So I'm really waiting for the season to come to judge what school I want to pick before I make my final decision."

Florida State, Maryland, and Syracuse round out the remainder of the schools currently standing out for Watson, who presently holds over 20 scholarship offers.

With the commitment of a fellow native of New York, the Tar Heels' potential quarterback situation might work in their favor.

"I was just talking to Mike Paulus," said Watson. "He's from upstate New York, I'm from the south side of New York, so it's like two New Yorkers go to the same school – why not?"

While talking to Paulus, Watson revealed it isn't all about getting him to join Paulus on UNC's commitment list.

"Really we talk about football, we talk about school," said Watson. "He's not really pushing me to come to North Carolina. We just talk about football like ‘hey what schools coming to see you today.' You know just talk. He's a cool guy. We talk once a week or twice a week."

Yet another New York connection is helping fuel the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts.

"I call [Coach Dave Brock] all the time," said Watson. "I talk to him, see how things are doing down there, see how the place is treating him down there. I do that to a lot of coaches, though.

"[Brock] used to coach at Hofstra, so I saw what they did with the ball over there and I like it a lot. Hofstra had a good couple of offensive players come out of there while he was there.

"[Brock] is another cool guy. We just talk about football. He jokes around saying ‘Make sure you keep North Carolina on your mind.' We talk about Mike Paulus, kids that are coming in, and receiver depth."

This past weekend, Watson considered taking an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, but decided to hold off until sometime in June or July. Watson is also looking to make trips to Maryland and the Florida schools.

Watson's spring practice just begun and his team is "looking strong" despite the need to fill plenty of holes.

During his junior season, Watson caught 53 passes for more than 850 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He was named to the all-city team for his accomplishments.

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